The Government is correct to tackle race inequality but must get its plans right

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 11 October 2017

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UKIP's Womens' and Equalities spokesperson Margot Parker MEP has said the Government is right in fighting against equality.

But she said The Prime Minister's challenge to public services on how they treat people of different races will have to be implemented correctly.

Theresa May has announced that institutions must "explain or change" any variations on race grounds.

The report, (released later today), is expected to show unemployment figures for black, Asian and minority ethnic people at nearly double that of white British adults.

Mrs Parker, UKIP's MEP for the East Midlands, said: "It is right and proper the Government should be tackling race inequality.

"By collecting high quality data, we can take steps, as a country, to fight against inequality and begin to right wrongs.

"But we must also make sure the approach we take does not create a 'grievance culture, which is already a fear expressed by some people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

"The country now wants to know what the Government is going to do about the problems it is highlighting - the data is there, now let's see some solutions.

"Any proposals to fight race inequality must lead to change and this Government must remember that its cuts to many areas are actually harming many from ethnic minorities.

"And let's not forget there are many other areas of inequality which also need tackling - the disabled, equal pay and the gender issue, for example."


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